Monday, July 12, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINE MCVIE - BORN ON THIS DAY

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An English songwriter, vocalist, pianist, and synthesizer player who has worked both in bands and as a solo artist, McVie is one of the most highly regarded female musicians in the genres of pop/rock and blues/rock. She is considered a pioneer, and was one of the first female musicians to enter the British blues scene of the 1960s, as well as one of the first to release a solo album.

1969 Melody Maker Award
Christine began her music career in 1968, performing with the bands Chicken Shack and Sounds of Blue. She was voted best female vocalist in the 1969 Melody Maker poll. Christine joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and went on to play a crucial part in the band’s creativity for 25 years. She wrote and performed on many of their best selling platinum albums, including Rumours, one of the best-selling albums of all time. Her classic work includes the songs You make loving fun, Say you love me, Don't stop, Over my head, Hold me, Everywhere and Little Lies.

Her soulful alto, keen melodies, sensitive lyrics, and grounding presence were a focal point for nearly 30 years in Fleetwood Mac, which began as a blues band in the early 70's only to shot to super-stardom in the mid-70's. Fleetwood Mac went on to become a benchmark to rock and roll with the band's music very much embedded in popular culture today partly due to Christine's contribution.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Christine left Fleetwood Mac after the highly successful 1997 Reunion album "The Dance", subsequent tour and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Honorary Doctorate Degree
Since retiring from music and leaving the band she's been spotted a few times in early 2000. On July 20, 2000 she received an honorary doctorate degree in music by the University of Greenwich in honor of her major contribution to international popular music. In her acceptance speech she stated "I find the prospect of standing here before you today more daunting than singing in front of 65,000 people at Madison Square Gardens in New York".
Accepting Legends Award

On September 26, 2003 Christine accepted an award on behalf of Fleetwood Mac at the first-ever Capital Gold Legends Awards held on Friday, September 26th, at the Hilton London Metropole. Fleetwood Mac won for Rumours in the "Legendary Album" category.
Christine McVie & Brett Tuggle
In 2003 Christine attended one of Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Will" concerts at Earls Court in London.

Being virtually non-existent in the music industry since 1998, it was a nice surprise for fans world wide when it was announced Christine was working on a solo album. The CD "In The Meantime" recorded in Christine's home studio, London and California was released in June, 2004. The CD was produced by Christine, her nephew Dan Perfect and Ken Caillat (Rumours and Tusk).
Christine McVie & Ken Caillat

The Mick Fleetwood Blue Band toured the UK in 2008 and Christine attended the filming for the DVD which was recorded at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, Kent, England. The DVD was eventually released in January, 2010.

Christine, 2010
In 2009 Christine also attended one of Fleetwood Mac's "Unleashed" tour shows at Wembley Arena in London.

Christine's most recently was photographed in her village in England where a story broke in the local press about how she joined a consortium to purchase land next to her property to protect it from development.

Christine turns 67 today and all fans world wide, I'm sure, join me in wishing Christine a very Happy Birthday!... You are missed!





5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool post. We've been reading the blog for a couple of weeks now, being rock veterans ourselves! A return visit is imminent methinks :)

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Anonymous said...

to christine anne perfect. i am truly sorry for not being there on your birthday. and i cringe just thinking i may have hurt you unintentionaly of course! i had to postpone the trip to solimar but nevertheless i was there. and very serious about the offer. so seeing how that did not come to pass i think this idea may help you because i believe you are true. the learning institution that awarded you a degree may be able to create a teaching position for your legacy. i know this may be possible because my father among the many titles he has aquired through the institution of higher learning he was also a professor and used to have a teaching position at georgetown university in MD around the same time Helen Hayes had(actress).it hurts to think this dream will not come true ps i would rather think somebody was playing games with me on the internet than to think i missed the oppurtunity to be taught by you (writing) i can't apologize enough i hate this!you are beautiful.i am going to miss you!so whatever i have been labeled in my defense i did travel 3000 miles i do regret missing you sicerly you know who sept 2011. and for whatever it is worth you are beautiful and i could probably love you to be someone for somebody .

Anonymous said...

correction. that was sept 2010

Anonymous said...

i say very well that she is an extraordinary example of the best that the human race can be and can do.
in a sense strictly artistic, i love that woman, and i thank god for putting her on the earth.
excuse for my extemporary english.
marco cencetti, florence - italy

Kathleen said...

I've been a fan since 1975. I was 15. Saw FM at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in 1976. I have always thought Christine's voice is beautiful and the best voice on FM.

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